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SIH Herrin Hospital Completes Three Year Modernization and Expansion

A historic increase in demand prompted a $24 million investment into SIH Herrin Hospital to modernize surgical services. The expansion was a byproduct of successful efforts to recruit new specialists. 

Originally constructed in 1914, the hospital had undergone a number of additions to accommodate the growing patient need. None, however, were as complex as this 21, 369-square foot project which took place over three years. The only viable option for a new surgery center was a vertical expansion with a new second story construction above the Emergency Department. A separate endoscopy suite, which offers a full range of procedures to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal disorders also created space for physicians to perform lung procedures, such as bronchoscopes and radiofrequency ablations for pain management. 

"[Our] hospital has grown in size and scope over the last several years and today is home to a number of advanced, minimally invasive surgeries," said SIH Vice President and Herrin Hospital Administrator Rodney Smith.

This includes an array of specialty and routine procedures in bariatric, urologic, gynecologic, orthopedic and reconstructive plastic surgeries. 

Simply put, the modernization and expansion provided much needed space, according to SIH Endourologist Don Arnold II, MD who also serves as Chief of Surgery for the medical staff. "It helped with overall patient flow and our ability to schedule our patients sooner," said Dr. Arnold. "We are always trying to do more, quicker and close to home."